Author

Alelie Ocampo

Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Sociology

Supervisor

Dr. Tracey Adams

Abstract

This paper examines the experiences of visible minority women in leadership roles. Gender and ethnicity intersect to shape the experiences of work and family for minority women. Although participants identified several advantages associated with being visible minority women in the labour force, they also identified several challenges; most notably their career pursuits conflicted with ethno-cultural and gender norms surrounding the maternal role. These expectations hindered career development needed to fulfill leadership positions in the workplace. Nevertheless all women in this study held leadership positions, and they discussed the personal strategies and organizational accommodations that contributed to their success. These visible minority women call attention to the significance of organizational policies and programs for opening up opportunities for minority women in leadership positions.


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